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Monday, September 24, 2007

It’s In The Bag

My friend came to lunch. Toting a fabulous pink Salvatore Ferragamo handbag. It’s in the photo. Near the back on the right. That’s her. In the store. Of fabulous handbags.

In Kuwait.

And out poured a story.

The store. Is named Spring Flowers. She called it “an Islamic Thrift Store, equivalent to the Salvation Army.” In a culture. Flush with cash. And not showing too much. The dinar are spent on bags and shoes. Very expensive bags and shoes. That are flashed around for maybe a month. Until they’re out of date. And are replaced. While she was there, she says a small harem came in and snapped up five bags in five minutes. Five for five.

The owner is a sweet woman and all the profits go to charity. She can spot a fake Fendi a mile away. Sharp. But sweet. Like cheddar and chocolate.

And then, with the all the finesse of a good storyteller, my friend says, “Have I told you that we ate at the Burger King on the Highway of Death near the Iraq border? Hmm?” Leaving me salivating for more. Stories.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The red bag now belongs to Sue. I gave it to her for her birthday. It's so Sue. I also bought a hand-designed purse with script stitched in gold. The proverb can't be translated properly but it's something like "show will and you will keep gathering will." Did I tell you about the ice sculpture...?

10:05 PM  
Blogger Citymouse said...

wow... someone as interesting as you :)

8:22 AM  
Blogger Susan as herself said...

Thank goodness I don't live near that store. My whole paycheck would be gone on bags.

And it's somewhow fitting where Burger King was eaten. :)

4:36 PM  
Blogger Bobealia... said...

Is it bad that I want to go to Kuwait for used handbags?

2:55 PM  
Blogger amusing said...

Is there also a Starbucks on the Highway of Death?

4:25 PM  

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